Type of Program:
The Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants are intended to provide companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges and to train students in essential technical skills required by companies.
ARD Grant funds must be used for direct costs of research in natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities and/or health.
Comments on Funding:
The company partner(s) must participate in the project and contribute to the direct costs of the applied research and development project. The expected company contributions vary with the grant size:
- 1contributions of at least half of the amount requested in CCI support, in cash and/or in kind—of which at least half (i.e., 25% of the requested grant amount) must be in cash- for grants up to $75,000 per year. For example, if the application requests $75,000 per year, the company contribution must be at least $37,500 per year, of which a minimum of $18,750 must be in cash.
- 2contribution(s) must be at least equal to the amount requested in CCI support, in cash and/or in kind—of which at least 40% must be in cash- for grants between $75,000 and $150,000 per year.
When It Ends:
Eligible partners are:
Note: To be eligible, a company partner must operate from a Canadian base and must be able to fully exploit the results of the applied research so that it will lead to significant economic benefit either to the company or to Canada. A sufficient maturity or capability must be demonstrated by at least one of the contributing company partners.
Applicants must submit their proposals online at any time.
Decisions on funding ARD grants are anticipated to be made (after receiving a complete application) within three to five months.
Applicants must complete and submit:
Instructions for applicants and their company sponsor(s) to complete the forms and the on line submission are found on NSERC’s online services page. (see source 4)
Other Things to Note:
For funding opportunities that allow multiple partners, non-eligible partners are welcome, but only the cash and in-kind contributions from eligible partners will be taken into account to determine the matching funds that can be awarded by NSERC.